Case in point is the sexual orientation debate. People have tried to use science, biology, and genetics to prove that individuals are born homosexual. Yet time and time again, there is no evidence to prove that a person is born with the quote / unquote "gay gene." There have been tons of studies done on homosexual individuals and heterosexual individuals in adolescence that do however show different stimulation points to the brain and even different growth patterns of important parts of the brain which control emotions and ultimately sexual feelings. What does this prove? It would seem to prove that individuals are not born homosexual, or as it is called, with an alternate sexual orientation or lifestyle. The evidence does seem to suggest however that a person's environment and life happenings can indeed cause changes which may definitely lead to a change in behavior and even a biological change. If you take sexual orientation out of the picture, and consider studies done on individuals who have experienced traumatic experiences during childhood or adolescence, biological changes can be seen as well. We are shaped by our environments and tend to be affected more than we would want to admit by the things we experience in life.
All that being said, one aspect of the argument for people being born homosexual or with an alternate sexual orientation that I do not hear considered very often is the reality that if indeed people are born homosexual, then where does the line stop? Scientifically and biologically, people are either all born heterosexually or not. It is undeniable that whether a person wants to believe as I do in the great Creation of God or if they choose to believe in a big bang and atheism, we all have to accept that the bodies of men and women are absolutely made / evolved for each other. This is a fact that cannot be debated. It is proven in reproduction, sexuality, physicality, and biologically. And if there were not a natural inclination towards the opposite sex, the world as we know it would be less populated and culture as we know it would be drastically different. So then if people are either born heterosexually or they are not, what ramifications does that create?
As it turns out, lots. The pundits want to make homosexuality acceptable. They claim it is an alternative lifestyle. Some claim people are born homosexual or born with a different sexual orientation and thereby should be given tolerance, rights, and acceptance. Here's the major problem no one wants to address. If people are indeed born with a different sexual orientation other than heterosexuality, then where does it end? If people are born homosexual, are people born with pedophilia? Pedophilia is actually diagnosed as a psychotic disorder of the brain, that is, the brains of pedophiles react differently in terms of sexuality to certain stimuli, namely children. Many pedophiles claim they can't help themselves and many more claim they were born with a genetic disposition towards children. If we are trying to make the argument that homosexuality should be accepted because people can be born with an alternative sexual orientation to heterosexuality, what stops us from having to accept pedophilia?
If homosexuality should be accepted based on the belief that people are born that way, then when will we have to start accepting the belief that people are born to be sexually attracted to children or animals? Does anyone in their right mind and in their heart of hearts believe for a moment that pedophilia should be accepted? Absolutely NOT! It is sick and twisted. It is perverted. No one is born to be sexually attracted to children. Almost all of society would agree with that statement. This is to say, that most of society does not believe people are actually born with an alternative sexual orientation for children. So what is the difference, biologically and genetically speaking, in being born with an alternate sexual orientation. The whole basis of being born homosexual is genetic, or something that no one has any control over. To begin to try and make an argument that a heterosexual orientation is not hardwired into us is to accept that an alternative sexual orientation can be. And if society and social disciplines want the world to accept that alternate sexual orientations can be hardwired into a baby while being formed in their mother's womb, thus causing them to be born a certain way, then what constitutes acceptable orientations? The basis of the argument for homosexual acceptance in many cases is that they are indeed born that way and thus cannot help it and should be accepted and given rights to live in such a lifestyle. If indeed they are born that way, and I do not believe people are, but if they are, therefore proving people can be born with alternate sexual orientations seemingly proven biologically due to the brain development and hormonal balances, then the proverbial can of worms has now officially been open.
The world will argue that pedophilia would never be accepted because its atrocious and abusive to children. On a moral level, despite biological science, it should never be accepted. And I completely agree. The problem is that these amoral pundits of liberation attempting to infiltrate and eradicate all images of Christianity, traditional marriage and families, and values are talking out of both sides of their mouths. If biologically it is true people are born homosexual and thus should be accepted and given rights, then based on their own logic, we must extend those rights and acceptance to all behaviors which can be somewhat proven or assumed to be biological and genetic in nature. Are we ready to go there? That's where the argument is headed whether we like it or not. It's a slippery slope we're on here.
If we want to argue on a moral basis and what supposedly does and does not hurt others or affect others as being the basis for why alternate orientation should and should not be accepted, then we must abandon the biological debate wholly. If we abandon that debate completely then we must argue the merits of alternative sexual orientation on the basis of choice rather than genetics. On the basis of choice, pedophilia will never be accepted because it goes without saying that children do not consent to sex willingly or knowingly understanding what it is. But on the basis of choice, if homosexuality is to be accepted as normal, then why is it considered alternative? If it is a choice, then why does the choice to live in a sexually alternate lifestyle trump the choice of one who chooses heterosexuality and thus rejects the alternative? If it is to be considered normal, then what is heterosexuality? Can they both be normal? Absolutely not especially in the sense that "normal" in this debate is being defined as equal and the same. So if indeed it is normal and equal, where are the biological children produced from the union of homosexual passion? This reality alone proves that heterosexuality and homosexuality are not equal. Homosexual couples have children because a heterosexual couple reproduced them. And we're not talking about the fact that there are some heterosexual couples that cannot for some reason get pregnant. The problem there is not the lack of "equipment" nor the lack of trying. Miracles can take place or biological measures can be taken to try to help the couple. These options are not available at all for the homosexual couple. Thus on this basis alone, the orientations are not equal and never will be.
If it's freedom to live one's life we want to talk about, that's another debate, and civilly and politically, I think some common ground might can be found. The problem comes when we as individuals attempt to justify the lives we live thereby wanting acceptance. Nature itself has an order to it. Followers of all religions and atheists alike understand and believe that. It's unfortunate that so much of today's media, education, and publications would rather spend precious time, money, and energy trying to convince a new generation to follow the shifting sand of justification rather than the concrete and very visible order of nature. The debate for rights and equality can never truly be had until a common ground is established on natural order. That unfortunately will probably never happen for what we are seeing today is the exaltation of selfishness, ego, and sin. If it feels good, you can do it and should have the right to do it according to today's society and leading minds. The right to live openly in whatever fashion a person wants to has now trumped the right to reject a belief or lifestyle by another individual. Our rhetoric has sunk to new lows where we attack viciously those that would disagree with our opinions or "rights" to be ourselves. This only proves we're more in love with ourselves than we are with equality, rights, government, or God. Indeed, we as a country have reconstructed ancient idols of self lust and crafted for ourselves a polytheistic way of living in which the gods of pleasure, sex, money, and success are routinely worshiped in our homes and in our families. We receive messages from these gods on our TV screens, computer monitors, and books. Their prophets parade on the silver screen, the blocks of DC, and possibly the pulpit nearest you. This phenomenon is being played out in secular and religious circles alike.
Google has made humanity appear smarter than it is and as such Christians along with secularists have been brainwashed into making decisions that are best for ourselves when Christ's way is about thinking of others, preferring your brother before yourself, and becoming a servant to those around you. Our opinions have become our gods. And the main problem is that we don't have an original thought. Whatever side of life we have an inclination to lean towards: politically (Republican or Democrat), spiritually (Church or No Church), sexually (Heterosexual or Alternate Orientation), fiscally (Saver or Spender), militarily (War or No War), we surround ourselves with the media and voices of those who think like we want to. Unfortunately this causes our debates to be less about trying to find solutions and exploring our hearts and actually more about trying to defend the talking points we've adopted from those who think like us. We've lost original thought. We find for ourselves preachers who describe the Christian life the way we want to believe it exists and if we can't find them, we'll declare ourselves spiritual enough to judge the failing churches and do our own thing. We want to speak as financial advisers to our government who certainly could use some help while we're waist deep in credit card debt living off of someone else's money or paycheck to paycheck. And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to make something of one's self or make good decisions in life, we have been cursed almost technologically to pursue what we want and think regardless of the cost of all others. Our new social media phenomenon is unfortunately in many cases one of the many altars we invite people to worship ourselves at. When you have to post all of your opinions all the time and check back multiple times a day to see what someone thinks about it, social media just became the means by which you find recognition. To be fair, social media can be great especially when it comes to the sharing of ideas and relationships (look at me now), but could it also be another avenue in which we exalt ourselves if we're not careful? It all points back to a problem with self, or maybe we should call it the god of me.
In the voice of the confusion and chaos, there is still One calling. He is Jesus. Will you accept what some trumped up educator, politician, or any other individual claims is right? How much longer will we judge the validity of something by what we feel rather than what we know? Will we exalt Christ, His way, His truth, His life, His commandments, His Word, to the foremost position of our lives? There are lots of voices out there today attempting to justify and publicize sin and choice, but the still voice of Christ still beckons. It ultimately comes down to this question: why would we want to serve a god we've crafted for ourselves when we can serve the God who crafted us first in His image?